Thursday, 27 May 2010

Cloggy and Dinas Cromlech

With the super warm weather last weekend the high, north facing cliff of Cloggy was a welcome relief. Though not fully dry there was enough to climb with myself and friends Rhys and Si ascending the classic (even with the grass?) Bloody Slab (E3, 5c) and the fun Jelly Roll (E2, 5b).

On Monday I took a friend up some VS's in the pass - though had to lead in my trainers as I didn't realise I had left my rock boots soaking up the atmosphere on Cloggy. I returned to the pass on Tuesday armed with a different pair to lead The Thing (E2) and Memory Lane (E3) and follow Chris up the popular Left Wall (E2) on Dinas Cromlech.


Connahs Quay School

This week we have had 60 children from Connahs Quay School, Deeside attending a multi activity week in North Wales.

With 30 young people attending at a time they have been kayaking, rock climbing, jumping into the sea and sliding down zip lines. Throughout the week we have been looking to challenge and demonstrate that success is attainable with that extra determination and self-confidence.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

After Work Cragging

With permanent dry weather settled over North Wales it seems wrong not making the most of it. Long evenings have been perfectly filled with cragging and bouldering. At the start of the week I asecended Mabinogion, Craig Ddu (E2 5c) and Zig-Zag and up around Cwm Glas Bach to climb Weasles Rip My Flesh (E4 6a) and Spitting Image (HVS) which had a great jamming crack.

More sun at the weekend and it now feels warm too (though I'm hoping it doesn't get too hot).


Calday School

This week we have had two groups of up to 90 children on various activities. Mountain walking, kayaking, climbing and team building, it has been go, go go!

Obviously I couldn't manage all 90 at once, so had a team of 9 talented instructors showing them all the outdoor way.

Calday Grammar School, Mountain WalkingCalday Grammar School, Mountain Walking

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Coasteering, Climbing and Kayaking

Busy weekend of courses. Sander and Nicole from the Netherlands have been trying out white water kayaking with a trip down the sunny Menai Straits yesterday and the River Dee today. Nick and 8 year old Sophie were trying climbing outdoors for the first time. Lastly a group of 14 were on a Stag-do enjoying jumping in to the sea around the Range near Trearddur Bay.

Now onto a residential week with Calday School


Thursday, 13 May 2010

Gogarth - Needle & NW Passage

No Pembroke trip as originaly planned (boo!) but Gogarth made for a good substitute. I went over there with 8 other friends.

This morning, with the tide being high, Mat led his first E1 at Gogarth - NW Passage. This provides fun and interesting moves all the way.

This afternoon we went over to main cliff, escaping the wind, and I made a clean ascent of The Needle (E3) which is a great sustained route.

BBQ to finish the day, all is good!

More Photos on Flickr

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Problematic Gritstone.

The last two days I have been in the Peak for a quick trip with friends Mat, Paul and Rich to play on the gritstone crags. I always find the climbing very different and as a result a bit harder but we managed to do 18 or so routes over the two days, even though it was snowing most of Monday!

We visited Millstone, Stanage and Curbar and ticked various calssics including L'Horla, Toy, Plexity, Easter Rib, Queersville and Peapod amongst others.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Windy Straits and the Sunny Dee

This weekend I provided a kayaking course for James and Caroline. They wanted a mixture of skills to be soundly initiated into the wonderful world of white water kayaking.

On Saturday we were seeking shelter on the Menai Straits, covering various flat water strokes in the morning and playing on different tidal flows in the afternoon. With the wind being against the tide as we returned some big rolling waves were being kicked up under the Menai Bridge, bit like the River Durance in the Alps!

Today we went to a calmer River Dee, focusing on moving in and out of the flow in morning. In the afternoon we ran the main rapids through the site, with James and Caroline showing great skill through not capsizing the whole weekend!

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Thursday, 6 May 2010


Today I took 13 year old Hal out for his first day on real rock. He showed a lot of confidence and ability jumping straight on some classic multi-pitch routes.

We started out on Boo-Boo then progressed onto Christmas Curry. To finish the day we played on Oberon Slab, completing 3 different variations.

Upon finishing I managed to bump into Tim and Keith who kindly let me join them for a few routes. I followed them up Leg Slip and then a combination of Zukator and Grasper.

Tremadog, Grasper

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


After the VHF course yesterday Dave and I nipped down to South Stack for a bit of Freebird / True Moments combination. I can't remember which pitches we did, but it was all very pleasant in the evening sun.

Today I went up Assassin and then Hyena on main cliff (E3). The wind was a little cool, but pleasant enough in the sun.
Assassin, Main CliffHyena, Main Cliff

Menai Straits and VHF Radios

On Sunday, for the second day of the course, Dave and I hid from the Northerly winds and led the group down the Straits. With the wind behind us and the tide changing not much paddling was required. We put on near Beaumaris, stopped for lunch at Menai Bridge and finished in Felinheli. Nice.

Monday I obtained a VHF licence so I can now officially use a VHF radio on the sea.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Sea Kayaking Courses

This week I have mainly been in a sea boat. With a relaxing trip down the Conwy Estuary on Tuesday, after initial skills on the lake the day before, and a trip from Benllech to Moelfre with the same group.

Today I have been working for PYB ticking off caves and cliffs, as in the title of course, but no lighthouses as yet. They did get a bonus encouter with arches, a blow-hole and a seal though. Beautiful day with a little swell in the morning making for a more interesting sea. We put in at Trearddur and finished at Rhoscolyn.

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